To help still your mind, pick a designated place to meditate everyday. Chose a private, quiet, calm, secluded room, or area of your home or living space that is also free of all distractions. Dimmed lights, candles, incense, or even small statues or shrines set the mood of your meditation space. Designated a specific place in your home for meditation, and decorating it to your liking will motivate you to get into the meditative mood!
Chose a time everyday to take a few minutes and meditate. Choosing to meditate at the same time everyday will allow meditation to become a habit. Morning or night are the best times to meditate, because your mind is the most free flowing then. By setting a timer for the same time everyday, meditation at 9 PM will eventually become a second nature to you, and just another part of your day.
For meditation, choosing a seated position is best for optimal concentration. Before beginning meditation, chose if you’d prefer to sit upright in a chair, on a pillow, or simply on the floor. Sitting with your shoulders back and your chest open will only enhance your meditative experience. If you’re sitting upright in a chair sit with your feet flat on the ground. Place your hands on either side of you or in your lap.
The Focal Point
Chose an object of concentration for this meditation session, otherwise known as a mantra. Love, strength, or any any symbol to benefit you works best. Finding your favorite mantra will come as you begin to become a much more dedicated meditator. Getting rid of negativity will enhance your experience.
Regulating your breath when beginning the meditation process may seem challenging at first. Begin by closing your eyes, and letting your breath flow naturally. Establish a breathing pattern that works for you. Slowly begin by breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth.
Begin releasing all of your physical and mental tension. Allow your mind to be of it’s own. Once you are comfortable, gradually begin to focus on your breathing, and just your breathing. Your thoughts may be racing in the beginning, however being able to focus on your breath will clear your mind of all other thoughts. Think about inhaling, and think about exhaling. Every time your thoughts begin to wander, gently begin to focus back on your breathing.
Making daily meditation a habit may seem challenging in the beginning, however taking a few minutes each day to clear your mind will benefit you much more greatly than you may ever think. Practice, focus, dedication, and giving it all you’ve got is all you can do– and what’s there to lose? To get my fellow readers into the meditation habit, I was thinking about creating a 14 day meditation challenge… thoughts?